What is Psyllium Husk?

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Psyllium seed husks are used as a regular dietary supplement to improve and maintain regular GI transit to relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease, and diarrhea. Some recent research is also showing them to be promising in lowering cholesterol and controlling diabetes.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) 98 32
Constipation 62 29
Bowel problems 25 5
General health 17 5
Bowel irritability 10 2
Diarrhea 6 6

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 8
Mild 10
None 57

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Psyllium Husk

Side effect Patients
Abdominal bloating 5
Diarrhea 3
Gas pain 2
Abdominal pain 1
Bad taste in mouth 1
Cramps in back 1

Show all 9 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Psyllium Husk

Dosage Patients
1 tbs. daily 3
3.4 g/11 g daily 3
3.4 g/3.7 g daily 2
1,000 mg daily 2
2.5g/7g as needed 2
2 other daily 1
2.5 g/7 g daily 1
1 tsp. three times daily 1
3.4 g/5.2 g daily 1
2 x 3.4 g/11 g daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Psyllium Husk

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 33
Other 26
Doctor's advice 12
Course of treatment ended 11
Expense 11
Side effects too severe 11
Personal research 6
Change in health plan coverage 3
See all 91 patients who’ve stopped taking Psyllium Husk

Duration

Currently taking Psyllium Husk

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Psyllium Husk

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 19
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 14
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 36
Usually 26
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 32
Not at all hard to take 38
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 45
Not specified 28
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11 patient evaluations for Psyllium Husk

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gagafor2
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gagafor2
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 65
PF Severity:
I am: g
I have:
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

See gagafor2's full Psyllium Husk history

Dec 12, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 560 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: good for colestral

  • 0 helpful marks
Rejoice
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Rejoice
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 45
Condition: Spinal Stenosis 28 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Spinal Stenosis

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May 15, 2015 (Started Sep 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Constipation)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Abdominal bloating)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 3 tsp. Four times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 1, 2012 (Started Sep 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Constipation)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 27, 2011 (Started Sep 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
Fluff4brains
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Fluff4brains
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 50
Condition: Glioblastoma 6 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Glioblastoma

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Mar 14, 2015 (Started Dec 29, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Alternating constipation and diarrhea)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 3.5 g/3.7 g Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Remember woks best when taken with food! if not seems to do very little also remember todrink lot of water(or laxido) whilst eating. drink it this stuff quick othe wise it will be like drinking pureed frog spawn. combines well with laxido.

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